Which Players Could Sign With NFL Teams?


During each of its previous iterations, the XFL has been a one-and-done league. It’s also given us some legitimate NFL players. The original 2001 version gave us Tommy Maddox. The 2020 version gave us Donald Parham. Which players from the 2023 version of the XFL might we see on Sundays this fall?

XFL to NFL Tracker

Here is a team-by-team list of XFL players that are now linked to NFL teams. Initially, this list will include players invited to NFL training camps. Eventually, it will include which players were actually awarded NFL contracts. For now, we only have training camp invitees.

Arlington Renegades

No invites yet

DC Defenders

No invites yet

Houston Roughnecks

WR Jontre Kirklin (Giants)
OL Alex Mollette (Seahawks)
OL Jack Snyder (Dolphins and Ravens)
OL Sage Doxtater (Saints)
DL CJ Brewer (Buccaneers)
DL Jack Heflin (Saints)
LB Trent Harris (Broncos)
LB Deandre Johnson (Browns)

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Orlando Guardians

QB Quinten Dormady (Bills)
RB Devin Darrington (Commanders)
WR Charleston Rambo (Eagles)
TE Jordan Thomas (Panthers)

San Antonio Brahmas

QB Jack Coan (Jets and Seahawks)
RB Jacques Patrick (Broncos)
OL Chidi Okeke (Steelers)
OL Derrick Kelly II (Panthers)
DL Matthew Gotel (Falcons)
DB Luq Barcoo (Browns)
K John Parker Romo (Lions)

Seattle Sea Dragons

QB Ben DiNucci (Broncos) — Officially signed May 14
QB Harrison Frost (Saints)
QB Steven Montez (49ers)
WR Jahcour Pearson (Colts and Falcons)
OL Barry Wesley (Falcons)
OL Michal Menet (Falcons)
DL Austin Faoliu (Seahawks)
DB Antoine Brooks (Bills)
DB Olaijah Griffin (Titans)
DB Bryce Thompson (Dolphins)

St. Louis Battlehawks

RB Mataeo Durant (Jets)
WR Hakeem Butler (Steelers)
WR Darrius Shepherd (Lions)
WR Austin Proehl (Panthers and Eagles)
OL Eric Magwood (Bills)
DL Freedom Akinmoladun (Dolphins and Chiefs)
DL Kevin Atkins (Falcons)
DL Elorm Lumor (Jaguars)
LB Mike Rose (Dolphins)
LB Lakiem Williams (Commanders)
DB Lukas Denis (Falcons)
DB Nate Meadows (Bills)
LS Alex Matheson (Ravens)

Vegas Vipers

TE Cam Sutton (Seahawks)
OL Dohnovan West (Panthers)
DL Pita Taumoepenu (Browns — workout only)

Can XFL Players Sign With NFL Teams?

Yes. While the XFL has an arrangement with the NFL regarding testing out rules and processes, the XFL’s goal is to be a standalone football league — it’s not trying to purely be a feeder for the NFL.

With that said, it’s hard to imagine the XFL ever being able to retain its top players. The NFL is the ultimate goal for all of these players. Outside of specific circumstances — such as a quarterback like A.J. McCarron preferring to be a starter in the XFL than a backup in the NFL — the significant increase in pay and prominence that comes with being on an NFL roster will inevitably result in nearly all of the XFL’s top guys signing with NFL teams.

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